Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thumbprint Cookies


225g/8 oz butter, softened
100g/3 1/2 oz confectioner's sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
100g/ 3 1/2 oz ground almonds
200g/ 7 oz all-purpose flour
*jam (of any kind- strawberry, raspberry, plum and blueberry work best!)
confectioner's sugar for dusting


Lightly grease two baking sheets. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then beat in the vanilla. Blend in the ground almonds and then gradually add the flour, bringing the mixture together with your hands to form a soft dough as you add the last of the flour.

Lightly dust your hands with flour and roll the dough into small balls about the size of a walnut. Arrange on the baking sheets and using your thumb, make a deep hole in the center of each cookie. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then fill each hole with a little jam and return to the oven until pale golden, about 5 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar to finish.

*the jam I used was homemade Plum Jam made by Alex Moroni, based in Cork. His jams are the best around!

(from Jacqueline Bellefontaine- 'Cookies Galore')


  1. These look delicious! I make similar ones with my grandma sometimes and they are so good. I will have to try your recipe next time :)

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  3. This looks delicious. I am totally printing out this recipe & trying it this weekend. Thank you for another great recipe! Do you happen to have a good banoffee pie recipe that you can share? Happy cinco de mayo, Emma!

  4. I just found this blog and I feel like I've already gained 5kg just by looking at those pictures :D I'll definetly try this!

    But I think the black background is a bit sad :(

    Greetings from Germany!

  5. These look so yummy and remind me of some cookies I used to love as a kid living in London!

    Liesl :)

  6. i will definitely try this recipe out..its looks delishh :)
    i wanted to you make the recipes up yourself emma? cause they look really gd:)

    Rebecca xo

  7. I have to try this recipe the next time I make cookies - I bet they'd be delicious! I recently made some fresh ginger cookies myself, and put up pics on my blog if you'd like to have a look :)